Armchair athletes prone to yelling at their favorite players on the Golf Channel had better start putting their mouse where their mouth is. Using the PlayAgainstThePros feature of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2000 ($39.95, EA Sports), PC gamers will be able to log on during real PGA Tour events and go driver to driver against the actual players, including Woods himself. Roughly a minute after the champ takes a shot on, say, the ninth hole, duffers at home will see where the ball lands and can attempt to outstroke him on the same course. To accomplish this ambitious live feat, EA Sports will employ a handful of ”trackers” to record data directly from the green and post it online, where it will be fed to gamers.
The Players Championship, March 23-26, will be the first tournament to tee up the PlayAgainstThePros option. And just how does the fairway phenom feel about golfing against as many as 40,000 people? ”I’ve got to be honest, I’m a little nervous about it,” says Woods. ”Some of the cybergolfers practice four hours a day and have scoring averages in the low 60s. That beats my average by six strokes easily. And I thought I had a pretty good year.”